Here in sunny Florida, we’re all aware of the importance of sunscreen to protect our skin from sun damage, but did you know that it’s also important to protect your eyes from sun damage? Many people don’t realize that exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can cause long-term damage to the eyes, such as an increased risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, and can even cause corneal sunburn, a condition known as photokeratitis.
At The Eye Center in Pembroke Pines, we understand the importance of healthy eyesight for a fulfilling life. Here are our top tips to protect your eyes from sun damage.
The most obvious way to protect your eyes from the sun is by wearing sunglasses. But not all sunglasses are created equal! Look for shades that block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation. It’s also important to choose sunglasses that fit well and provide adequate coverage, as the sun’s rays can still reach your eyes from the sides and top of the frames.
Wear a hat
Wearing a hat is another great way to protect your eyes from the sun. A wide-brimmed hat can provide additional shade and help reduce the amount of UV radiation that reaches your eyes.
Use protective eyewear
If you’re getting ready for outdoor sports or other activities that could put your eyes at risk, make sure you’re wearing the proper protective eyewear. This could include goggles, face shields, or other types of specialty glasses that are designed to protect your eyes from impact, debris, or other hazards.
Limit sun exposure
One more way to ensure your eyes stay safe from the sun is by limiting your overall exposure to sunlight. We suggest avoiding prolonged periods outside during peak sun hours, which typically fall between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you must be outside during these hours, we recommend seeking shade whenever possible and going inside occasionally to give your eyes a break.
Visit your eye doctor regularly
Finally, it’s important to schedule regular eye exams with your optometrist. Your eye doctor can help detect and treat any eye conditions that may be caused or worsened by sun exposure, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and other types of vision loss.
By following these simple tips, you can help protect your eyes from sun damage and enjoy all the fun and beauty that the outdoors has to offer. So don’t forget to pack your sunglasses, hat, and protective eyewear before heading outside, and schedule your eye exam with us today to make sure your eyes are healthy!